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REID JAMIESON – singer songwriter – Vancouver BC

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“Gorgeous, sun-struck acoustic soul”- Globe & Mail  “Prepare to be surprised” – Vancouver Province

Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson is a vocal powerhouse committed to making music that moves us. The new all original album, recorded in Ireland with producer Kieran Kennedy (Maria Doyle Kennedy, Damien Rice, John Prine), is titled ‘Me Daza’ which is Cork slang for ‘most excellent’ – tho the direct translation is ‘I’m dying’ – but aren’t we all? There is nothing traditional about this record, or the dynamic duo behind it. Known for regular appearances on CBC’s Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean, to recording with Cowboy Junkies, Reid shines with compelling originals, plus killer covers of everything from the 50s era greats to their latest tribute to Leonard Cohen. A classic introvert/extrovert combo, Reid performs with his saucy wife and long-time song-writing partner Carolyn Victoria Mill. Along with winning the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and LG104.3’s vanCOVER contest, this creative couple wrote their way into the Vancouver Folk Music Festival by winning 1st prize in the Pickin’ a Folk Star Contest. Tireless promoters of voting, equality and love, they thrive on creating intimacy, causing tears and laughter in equal measures. They are currently working on a lo-fi folk opera about Pigeons (!) and the causes of Homelessness. You won’t want to miss what they do next!

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“This latest album might be Jamieson’s finest moment. Jamieson’s voice is a crystal clear instrument that can cover an immense range with superb phrasing.” – Vancouver Province 

“Brilliance. This recording really does feel like a special piece of work, and maybe the best thing Reid has done in his career so far.” – Jan Hall, Folk Roots Radio

“In the singer-songwriter department of sound, Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson more than satisfies on the beautiful, soothing album Me Daza.” – Canadian Music Blog.

Reid Jamieson and wife / creative partner Carolyn Victoria Mill
photo credit: Diane Smithers

REID JAMIESON – Full Bio

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Reid Jamieson has always loved to sing. As a youth he would entertain himself by harmonizing with whatever was handy, including the vacuum cleaner. Much like two of his biggest inspirations – Lennon and McCartney – he lost his mum at a young age (he was 15/she only 35) to ovarian cancer. Reid clung to recording, alone in his room, as an escape from sympathetic attention that proved too much for this late-blooming introvert. To this day, it is when recording and mixing in his home studio that Reid is at his happiest, and where he is likely to make his mark with a growing catalog or compelling originals and killer covers. With influences that range from Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline, to Crowded House, Billy Joel and Lionel Ritchie, to Sarah Harmer, Laura Viers and Neil Young. His first instrument was the drums (he even did a short stint as fellow Canadian crooner Royal Wood’s drummer), and his first musical hero was his dad who would regularly sing him to sleep while playing an old spanish guitar. His father remains his biggest fan and Reid jokes that he might have found success if he had been driven by a more disapproving patriarch instead.

After a few years trying to hid behind his band Alvy, Reid decided to strike out on his own. In 2001 Reid’s self produced solo debut Cowlick Bravado was nine tasty tracks of folk pop goodness. Reid recorded and played all the instruments, complete with handwritten lyrics and liner notes.

The classic introvert / extrovert combo, Reid now performs alongside his saucy wife and long-time songwriting partner Carolyn Victoria Mill. Together since 2002 when they had their first kiss on stage at the Rivoli in Toronto at an anti-Valentines Day benefit. CVM quickly became Reid’s manager, best friend and musical partner. Back then CVM booked an all Canadian music series upstairs at the Rivoli called The Maple Lounge where Reid was discovered by Stuart McLean and invited to become an official member of the Viny Café Orchestra. When they moved west to BC over a decade ago (Victoria and then Vancouver) Carolyn was working on the business side of the entertainment industry and was not a singer, or a songwriter – or even a wife. Reid had plans to change all of that. In an effort to make the road less lonely and the stage more lively, and to combat his own crippling introversion, Reid slowly began to take advantage of her lyrical leanings and make use of his own penchant for harmonizing (hard to do by yourself!). This changed everything. Their first true cowrite RAIL (what they call their ‘first born song’) was crafted especially for a train trip Reid recorded with Stuart and the Vinyl Cafe on VIA Rail’s The Canadian. The song went on to win them the grand prize for folk in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, as well as many other exciting opportunities from film placements to special commissions (these two thrive on a theme!). In addition to the Lennon win, they wrote their way into the Vancouver Folk Music Festival by winning 1st prize in the Pickin’ a Folk Star Contest and are finalists in multiple radio and song writing contests internationally. These lovebirds continued together in sin and then married in Stanley Park in 2010. In 2014 this creative couple released their first record singing together on disc: Juniper’s Kitchen featuring Anne Lindsay (Blue Rodeo) on fiddle and Paul Rigby (Neko Case) on pedal steel, this alt-country collection of duets is a little Johnny & June meets Fleetwood Mac – and is all about the songs. They present an entertaining duo where harmonies abound, followed by tears and laughter in equal measures.

Reid has completed his second full solo release The Unavoidable Truth. Produced by Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers) and featuring Dave Clark on drums – both of whom were members of Gord Downie’s backing band, Reid waas also joined by friends Mia Sheard, Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo, Wilco), Sarah Harmer and more. With something for everybody, this record showcases Reid’s choirboy ways and classic charm and was a very alt country full band sounding affair.

And then they went west in a uncharacteristically spontaneous move, in order to get closer to nature and find new inspiration. Big lovers of camping and the sea, there were few regrets. Though they sorely missed friends and family and the community they had built up on Queen St West in Toronto, but sometimes you have to lose yourself to find yourself and that’s what they did. You can hear the story of that move in the single Find Your Heart A Home.

In 2009 the Courting Juniper EP was an acoustic stripped down prelude to the fully fledged album Staring Contest, and was produced by Byron Kent Wong (David Usher, The Crystal Method). In 2010 Staring Contest came to life. A sweet sounding collection of 11 all original tracks featuring Samantha Parton (Be Good Tanyas), Anne Lindsay (Blue Rodeo) and fellow Vinyl Cafe bandmate John Sheard on piano. Featuring the John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner RAIL.

Known for his compelling covers of everything from Neil Young to Madonna, from Mary Margaret O’Hara to A-ha, Reid has released singles and compelling collections tailor made to make people happy.

In December 2015 Reid won 5k in the LG104.3fm #vanCOVER contest for his solo version of Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ from his winter-themed album Songs For A Winter’s Night (2012, produced by CVM). A welcome holiday from the usual seasonal fare, this alt-Christmas collection of covers and originals continues to warm hearts on an annual basis. The new Christmas ‘classic’ Sentimental Song speaks to the season being a complicated time for many.

The Presley Sessions Revisited is a musical love letter to the greats of the 50s era, including songs made popular by Elvis, Roy Orbison, The Platters and The Flamingos. This collection originated as a musical birthday present for CVM (The Presley Sessions – discontinued) back when they could afford little else. They don’t call her the colonel for nothing, so she insisted he release those demos, which went on to become a best seller, and then record the more polished version PSR that stands as one of the finer examples of Reid’s vocal range and sensibilities. Few can knock Orbison out of the park like he does live. 

Next came a luminous tribute to the master of song, Dear Leonard: The Cohen Collection. Featuring seven Leonard Cohen covers plus the title track, an original ode to the man himself, where they turn the master into the muse in an open letter that would make our late great ladies man most proud. Cohen’s management even asked to be sent a copy, but sadly Leonard passed before he had a chance to hear it.

In 2019 a new all original album ME DAZA, was recorded in the wilds of West Cork Ireland (Schull) with producer Kieran Kennedy (Maria Doyle Kennedy). The title ‘Me Daza’ is Cork slang for ‘most excellent’, – tho the direct translation is ‘I’m dying’ – but aren’t we all? There is nothing traditional about it. Mature themes range from loving a woman during and after ‘The Change’, to Ireland’s abortion referendum, to coping with mental illness, social media, and overcoming it all – call it a soundtrack for the second act. It was Canadian/Irish legend Mary Margaret O’Hara who introduced artist and producer at a Toronto concert where she had joined Reid’s band for the night. Kieran and his wife actor Maria Doyle Kennedy (The Commitments, The Tudors, Downton Abbey, Outlander) also enjoy a musical partnership, and have created many beautiful albums together under her name. That night a friendship was struck and plans were set in motion that went on to inspire an epic trip to the Emerald Isle, and perhaps Reid’s most daring record to date.

Husband and wife together 18 years, Reid and Carolyn are creative partners who wrote each song together, with the exception of ‘Don’t Go Down’ written by the late great Fergus O’Farrell (Interference) and Glen Hansard (Swell Season, The Frames). Fergus’ was a much admired Schull local whose vocals appear posthumously as he passed away (duo to complications of Muscular Distrophy) before he was able to properly release the track himself. All of this unbeknownst to Reid and Carolyn when they chose the tune from a selection of potential Irish covers sent by their producer. Fergus’ was a much admired Schull local who passed away (due to complications of Muscular Distrophy) before he was able to properly release the track himself. Fergus’ vocals appear posthumously thanks to studio magic and enthusiastic blessings from his family. You can find out more about this determined artist in the new documentary about his life ‘Breaking Out‘ that recently won Best Irish Feature Documentary at The Galway Film Fleadh.

Terminally uncool, Reid may never end up on any indie darling lists but he sure knows how to please his growing and appreciative audience, with regular tour stops up and down the west coast of Canada and the US, Ontario, England and Ireland, and even Hawaii. Tireless promoters of voting, equality and love, they thrive on creating intimacy, causing tears and laughter in equal measures. They are currently working on a lo-fi folk opera about  Pigeons (!) and the causes of Homelessness. You won’t want to miss what they do next!

**fully independent, we own all rights and masters to our music. instrumentals and custom music available*

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photo credit: Diane Smithers

50 words:

“Gorgeous, sun-struck acoustic soul” – Globe & Mail. Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson Band are a married vocal powerhouse with compelling originals and killer covers. They won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and wrote their way into the Vancouver Folk Festival. Vinyl Cafe regular, recorded with Cowboy Junkies, new record made in Ireland.

100 words

Vancouver’s Reid Jamieson is a vocal powerhouse committed to making music that moves us. Known for regular appearances on CBC’s Vinyl Café, to recording with Cowboy Junkies, Reid and the missus shine with compelling originals, plus killer covers of everything from 50s era gold to Leonard Cohen. Tireless promoters of voting, equality, and love, they thrive on creating intimacy, causing tears and laughter in equal measures. Their new all original album ‘Me Daza’ was recorded in Ireland. Currently working on a lo-fi folk opera about Pigeons (!) and the causes of Homelessness – you won’t want to miss what they do next!  

About the band:

Reid Jamieson + Carolyn Victoria Mill (and sometimes special guests Anne Lindsay, Mary Margaret O’Hara, John Sheard etc)  = The Reid Jamieson Band. Our shows are an eclectic mix of our originals and tasty covers. We also have a 50s era show The Presley Sessions Review, plus our new folk opera fundraiser The Pigeon and The Dove. We do some private events and house concerts too. Email for more info.

REID JAMIESON
REID JAMIESON photo credit CVM
REID JAMIESON photo credit CVM

About CVM:

Carolyn Mill is a late blooming lyricist, vocalist and producer who loves working with a theme. Together with husband Reid Jamieson she has won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and wrote her way into the Vancouver Folk Festival. New all original album made in Ireland with Kieran Kennedy (Maria Doyle Kennedy). Currently working on a one woman show turned social justice folk opera about pigeons (!) and preventing homelessness called The Pigeon and The Dove. In a past life she was personal assistant to Molly Johnson O.C. for 15 years, a statistician for ACTRA, and a manager of technology journalist, amongst many other things. A nerdy girl from way back she loves technology and even writes songs using spreadsheets. CVM lives with her husband by Stanley Park in Vancouver BC Canada. https://www.reidjamieson.com

Reid Jamieson Band - Winter 2019 - high
Reid Jamieson + Carolyn Mill = Reid Jamieson Band photo by Diane Smithers
Reid Jamieson and wife / creative partner Carolyn Victoria Mill
photo credit Diane Smithers